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Army recruitment drive forces India Women’s series against South Africa to move out of Kerala




Bengaluru the likeliest venue for the series of five ODIs and three T20Is in March

India Women’s return to action has hit yet another hurdle, with the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) informing the BCCI late last week about its inability to host the eight-match series against South Africa in March in Thiruvananthapuram. The reason given by the KCA is that the ground has been “made available to the Indian military for a recruitment drive, without the KCA’s prior knowledge”, and it doesn’t have a venue with “appropriate broadcast facilities” apart from the Greenfield International Stadium to stage the matches. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) might now host the matches in Bengaluru.

India, who haven’t played international cricket since the T20 World Cup final on March 8 last year, were scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa, with the Indian squad and support staff set to assemble in Thiruvananthapuram and enter a bio-security bubble on February 17. Though the BCCI hasn’t released an official tour schedule yet, the first match was marked for March 7 or 8, and the series is expected to run for a month or so.

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